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An upgrade to Unity 5, which enables ambient occlusion, deferred lighting and much more. The A* Pathfinding Project didn't meet my requirements, i.e. I will have to implement my own custom pathfinding solution. Last but not least I've made some improvements in several other areas.

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Two months have passed since my last news, so it's time for another one.

Upgrade to Unity 5


The upgrade enables several cool things, for example: Ambient Occlusion and Deferred Lighting:


Here I've also done some stress testing with lights:


Here are some more advantages of Unity 5:

  • I can use the profiler now that made me fix some garbage collector issues
  • improved WheelCollider that will hopefully fix some issues in Edy's Vehicle Package

However, there are also some disadvantages:

  • a bug in Unity 4 is still present in Unity 5
  • Edy's Vehicle package doesn't work anymore but they say he will update it on April 1st

Minor Improvements


I've implemented a mechanism for objects you can interact with. Interactive objects need to be separated from the static world geometry as long as you interact with it, e.g. a door for example will be dynamic as long as it is playing its close or open animation. As soon as the interaction stops the mechanism integrates the dynamic object into the static mesh again.

Interactable Objects will be highlighted now, if you hover over them.

Another mechanism I've implemented now is related to fences. Fences are solid objects now and consist of two parts: a post and the main body. The image below illustrates the difference in relation to the previous version:


Conclusion


The A* Pathfinding Project that I've bought sadly doesn't really fit my needs, so I will have to come up with a custom solution on my own. The next months I will focus on more editor features like roofs or the ability to claim a certain area as your own, so stay tuned for the next update.

Greetings
BrightBit

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e_Glyde
e_Glyde

With the upgrade you made to the game how much fps did you gain from fixing the garbage collection?

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BrightBit

I'm so sorry for my late response but for some reason I wasn't notified about your comment and didn't even realize it until now.
The upgrade didn't do much about the fps but it did help me remove certain peaks that made the game stutter every now and then.

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e_Glyde
e_Glyde

No prob. At least your game has less of those annoying random drops in frames.

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